Friday, 29 January 2010

via CAAI News Media

PHNOM PENH, Jan 29 (NNN-AKP) — Prime Minister Hun Sen refused on Wednesday to send Cambodian de-miners to Afghanistan and Iraq as requested by the United Nations.

The Cambodian made the remarks during a ground-breaking ceremony of the renovation of the National Road No. 62 linking from the central province of Kampong Thom and the northern province of Preah Vihear on Wednesday.

“A few days earlier, 1,000 Cambodian troops were asked to be sent to Afghanistan and the requests were made several times, but I say ?no?. If they go, there will be a problem because each day there are bombs blasting here and there and terrorism, so I do not let them go,” he said.

The Cambodian people experienced a lot in a casualty from war and land mines, he said, adding that “I do not send the Cambodian de-miners to Afghanistan and Iraq from the request of the United Nations and I do not want Cambodian sons to die in those two countries”.

In April 2006, Cambodia sent 135 soldiers to help U.N. peacekeepers clear mines in war-torn Sudan.

In early 2009, Cambodia sent several dozen troops to Chad and the Central African Republic. — NNN-AKP

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